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On behalf of the academic community and 
the Board of Trustees of the College, I am 
extremely pleased to welcome Harper parents 
and other guests to the dedication observ- 
ance for our permanent campus. 

With the beginning of the 1969-70academic 
year, we began operating for the first time 
as a comprehensive collegiate family in one 
location. The facilities we have been enjoy- 
ing since last September represent the cul- 
mination of four years of planning and many 
long hours of effort by the faculty, staff and 
trustees of the College. We point to the fact 
that Harper is the first Illinois public com- 
munity college to complete the entire Phase 
I of its campus master plan. 

Twenty-five per cent of the $12,246,046.00 
construction cost, or $3,623,606.00, for this 
first phase of Harper's master plan came 
from property taxes paid by the citizens of 
this College District (#512). The benefits of 
this investment are dedicated one hundred 
per cent to quality higher educational pro- 
grams and services for every citizen who 
wishes to take advantage of them. 



Robert E. Lahti 


MAY 3, 1970 


1 Dedication Observance Calendar 

2 The History of Harper College 

Chris Stanczak 

4 Dedication Speakers 

Reverend Carl Zimmerman, Mr.James 
J. Hamill, Dr. Robert E. Lahti, Mr. 
Donald Duffy 

Dedication Program 

5 Special Guest Speaker 

Dr. Frank B. Golley 

Illinois Jazz Band 

6 The Look of Progress 

Photo Spread 

"A Stepping Stone to the Future" 

8 Present and Future Campus Aerial View 


Editor-in-Chief Chris Pancratz 
Managing Editor Bob Yadon 
Layout Editor Georgia Fink 
Assistant Editor O. Keith Wanke 
Faculty Advisor Craig Stewart 

Staff Artist Kate Tangney 

Staff Writers Chris Stanczak, Michael Copeland 

Layout Eileen Burns 

Staff Photographers Stu Levin, Gary Yaffe 

Photo Consultant Ray White 

Design Consultant Carl Regehr 353S0 

This special edition of halcyon was produced through the joint 
efforts of the halcyon staff, and the Harper College administration. 
Normally, halcyon is published three times during the school year 
by, and for, the students of William Rainey Harper College, Al- 
gonquin and Roselle Rds., Palatine, Illinois 60067. Offices are in 
the College Center, room 367. 

Opinions expressed in this special edition magazine are those of 
the authors and/or the editors and are not necessarily those of 
Harper College, its administrators, student government, or student 

College Board of Trustees and Harper administrators, from left: Milton J. Hamill of Palatine, chairman of the Board; Mrs. Fred S. Nicklas of 

C. Hansen of Palatine, immediate past vice chairman; Lawrence R. Inverness, vice chairman; Richard L. Johnson of Arlington Heights, im- 

Moats of Arlington Heights, secretary; William J. Mann, vice president mediate past chairman; John A. Haas of Prospect Heights, past chair- 

of business affairs; Dr. Robert E. Lahti, president of the College; James man; Dr. Joseph C. Morton of Arlington Heights, board member. 




MAY 1 - 31 Exhibit of prints by Miss Virginia Myers, assistant professor of Art, Uni- 
versity of Iowa. Monday through Friday, 8:30 A.M. to 10:00 P.M., "F" 
building lower level; Sunday, May 3, noon to 4:30 P.M. Reception for 
the artist, May 13, at 1:00 P.M. 

MAY 3 Music Seminar for Harper College and local high school music majors 
with members of the University of Illinois Jazz Band. Meeting and lunch- 
eon, community dining room, "A" building, College Center, 11:30 A.M. 

Ecology Seminar for Harper College faculty and staff members with Dr. 
Frank Colley, executive director of the Institute of Ecology, University of 
Georgia. Meeting and luncheon, faculty dining room, "A" building, 
College Center, 11:30 A.M. 

Formal Dedication Ceremonies for Harper College campus, "A" building 
plaza, 1:30 P.M. 

MAY 5 - 7 The Kinetic Art film series, a round-up of what's happening in the 
world cinema. All programs in "E" building, Lecture-Demonstration 
Center at 8:00 P.M. Tuesday, Program 1; Wednesday, Program 2; Thurs- 
day, Program 3. 

MAY 12 Career Day program for Harper College District junior and senior high 
school students, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Activities to be held in College 
Center and all divisional areas. 

MAY 15 & 16 Drama Production by Harper Studio Players, directed by Dr. Robert 
W. Tysl, assistant professor of English. William Inge's Bus Stop. Both 
performances, "E" building, Lecture-Demonstration Center, 8:00 P.M. 

JUNE 5 Second Annual Commencement of the College. Class of 1970, their 
parents; faculty, staff and trustees; honored guests. Keynote speaker: 
Nick Holt, director of Urban Fellows program of Chicago Center for 
Urban Projects, Inc. "A" building plaza, 2:30 p.m. 


In the beginning there was the 
dream and idea for the existance of 
a community college. The man who 
fathered the idea was Dr. William 
Rainey Harper. Dr. Harper was the 
first president of the University of 
Chicago. Hand picked by John D. 
Rockerfeller, Harper laid the ground- 
work that made the University of 
Chicago synonymous with innova- 
tion and excellence. It was there 
that Dr. Harper first used the name 
"junior college" when he divided 
the University into two major divi- 
sions, the junior and senior colleges. 

The idea of a two-year community 
college in this area is not a new 
one. As far back as 1950 peoplehad 
shown interest in the creation of a 
community college. As is usuallythe 
case, community action takes time 
to develop and mature. It took a 
great deal of work and initiative 
by many citizens to develop the 
many ideas into working plans. 

In 1 964, long hours were devoted 
to the initial groundwork. Apetition 
was circulated among residents in 
the townships of ElkGrove, Palatine, 
Schaumburg and Wheeling. Thepeti- 
tion called for a vote on the estab- 
lishment of a community college. In 
March, 1965, voters approved the 
referendum, and these four town- 
ships were joined together to form 
a junior college district. 

Voters returned tothepolls34 days 
after approving the referendum to 
elect seven citizens, from 48 candi- 
dates, to become the first Board of 
Trustees of the new college district. 

In 1965, state legislation created 
the Public Junior College Act. Nine- 
teen other states also passed major 
junior college legislation the same 

Provisions in the Illinois act pro- 
vided a model for the community 
college system and revised the junior 
college concept of an "extended 
high school" to that of a commun- 
ity college available to everyone 

within the junior college district. 

Harper College district (512) cov- 
ers an area of two hundred and 
eighteen square miles. Communities 
within the district at the present 
are as follows: Palatine, Arlington 
Heights, Barrington, Barrington Hills, 
Buffalo Grove, Elk GrOve Village,. 
Hoffman Estates, Inverness, Lake Bar- 
rington, Mt. Prospect, North Barring- 
ton, Prospect Heights, Rolling Mea- 
dows, Schaumburg, Tower Lake and 
Wheeling as well as portions of Deer 
Park, Fox River Grove, Des Plaines, 
Hanover Park, and Roselle. 

Extending higher educational serv- 
ices to so many communities did 
not come easily. When Harper's sev- 
en member Board of Trustees met 
for the first time in 1965, thecollege 
had no name, no staff and no facili- 
ties. The trustees agreed to make 
no major decisions without consult- 
ing the chief educational officers of 
the new college. 

The first step was to hire a presi- 
dent. After that, an instructional 
planning team was formed. Five ma- 
jor planning assumptions were then 

First: Commitment to a strong stu- 
dent orientated college in which 
personnel services are given high 

Second: An instructional^ inte- 
grated vocational technical pro- 

Third: A comprehensivedata-proc- 
essing system. 

Fourth: Emphasis on an informal 

Fifth: Facilities and a staff to meet 
the needs of a community. 

It was these five points which the 
instructional planning team usedfor 
their guidelines. 

An internationally known expert 
in area studies, Arthur D. Little, was 
called in to make a ten year pop- 
ulation and enrollment study. Also, 
Caudill Rowlett Scott of Houston, 
Texas, was selected to work in as- 

sociation with the Chicago firm of 
Fridstein, Fitch, and Partners in the 
area of architectural design for the 
facilities of the new college. 

Selection of an appropriate 
campus site was determined by eval- 
uating the critical factors of geog- 
raphy, topography, cost and acces- 

From the beginning Harper re- 
ceived a great deal of support from 
the community at large. The four- 
to-one approval by voters for seven 
million, four hundred thousand dol- 
lars in construction bonds was the 
first example of such public support. 

When classes began in 1967, the 
facilities used for instruction were 
leased. For the first twoyearsclasses 
were taught at two high schools, 
Forest View and Elk Grove. A con- 
verted barn on the site of the pres- 
ent campus served as a data proc- 
essing center. 

The early history of Harper College 
was not all roses. Students found it 
difficult to recognize Harper as their 
college. To many, the first two years 
of Harper were no more than a liber- 
ated extension of their high school 
years. It was the idea of the future 
Harper that kept many of the first 
students going. 

Meanwhile, the permanent cam- 
pus architectural master plan was 
formally adopted. The first construc- 
tion phase was designed to comple- 
ment student social and learningex- 
periences. The design forthecampus 
blended space, materials, and colors 
to achieve a "Village Street" atmos- 
phere. The master plan provided for 
enrollment of ten thousandstudents 
by 1975. In 1967, the construction 
of the first six of thetwelvebuildings 
on the Harper site was begun. These 
structures include the present Learn- 
ing Resources Center, Science Build- 
ing, Lecture-Demonstration Center, 
Art and Architecture Wing, College 
Center Building, and Power Plant. 
The College Center is the campus 

hub with spaces devoted to coun- 
seling and student activities, book- 
store, lounge, dining facilities, ad- 
ministration offices, and a data 
processing center. 

In 1969, the on-time delivery of 
the first construction phase allowed 
Harper to open its new campus to 
students. By that time, the original 
enrollment of 1700 in 1967 had in- 
creased to five thousand plus! 

The dream of 1950 had become 
a reality and the opening of Har- 
per's campus in fall 1969 marked 
this college as the first Illinois pub- 
lic community college to complete 
its entire "Phase 1 " project. Student 
population on the new campus was 
already two years ahead of projected 

With the opening of the campus, 
non-credit continuing education 
courses for adults were offered for 
the first time by Harper. 

In October of 1969, Harper's Den- 
tal Hygiene clinic opened to become 
the first such facility serving the 
northwest suburban area. 

Throughout the remainder of 
1969, the College settled into its 
new surroundings while continuing 
to plan its future growth. 

In January of 1970, the Board of 
Trustees voted to request tax rate 
increases of twelve cents in the 
Educational funds and five cents in 
the Building Maintainenceand Oper- 
ation fund through a bond referen- 
dum. Then on March 21, 1970, Har- 
per College experienced its first real 
setback with the defeat of the bond 
referendum. Such a defeat was un- 
expected and another tax referen- 
dum will be held, probably within 
the next year. 

The history of William Rainey Har- 
per College is indeed an exciting 
one filled with ideas and aspirations 
that have been fulfilled with the 
continuing idea of community col- 
lege excellence always in mind. 

Dr. William Rainey Harper(right)andJohnD.Rockerfeller at University of Chicago. Dr. Har- 
per is credited as the innovator of the two-year college idea. 

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James ). Hamill 

Chairman, Board of Trustees 
Resident of Palatine and an at- 
torney associated with Ander- 
son, Lluedka, Fitch, Even and 
Tavin, Chicago. 

Dr. Robert E. Lahti 
President of the College 
Resident of Inverness. 
Appointed to office in 1965. 
Doctorate in college administra- 
tion from University of Wyoming 

Mr. Donald J. Duffy 

President of the Student Senate 

Assumed office November 20, 


Major in Business 

Resident ot Rolling Meadows 

Dr. Paul V. Harper, Jr. 

Honored Guest 

Grandson of William Rainey 


Scientist in nuclear medii ineal 

University of Chicago Medical 


Mrs. George Harper Overton 

Honored Guest 

Granddaughter of William Rainey 


Assistant professor of Biology 

at University of Chicago. 


MAY 3, 1970 

1:30 P.M. 

Flag Raising 

Mount Prospect High School Band 
Boy Scout Troop 198, Hoffman Estates 


Reverend Carl Zimmerman 

St. John United Church of Christ 

Dedication Composition 

University of Illinois Jazz Band 
John Garvey, Director 

Welcome From the College 

Dr. Robert E. Lahti, President 

Dedication Address 
Dr. Frank B. Colley 

Executive Director, Institute of Ecology 
University of Georgia 

A Student Perspective 
Mr. Donald Duffy 
President, Student Senate 

A Community Milestone 
Mr. James J. Hamill 
Chairman, Board of Trustees 

Planting of Dedication Tree 
Dr. Paul V. Harper, Jr. 
Mrs. George Harper Overton 

Reception and Campus Tours 
College Center, 1st Floor 

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They keynote speaker at our campus dedi- 
cation is Dr. Frank B. Colley, Professor of 
Ecology and Zoology at the University of 
Georgia. He received his doctorate at Michi- 
gan State University in 1958, Dr. Colley then 
taught at numerous universities throughout 
the southeastern states and Puerto Rico. Cur- 
rently teaching at the University of Georgia, 
the Doctor serves as Executive Director of 
the Institute of Ecology and as Associate Pro- 
fessor of Zoology. A member of nine pro- 
fessional societies, Dr. Golley is also associ- 
ated with the U.S. Atomic Energy Commis- 
sion and the Smithsonian Institutions. 

If these impressive listings were not suf- 
ficient, Dr. Golley has participated in the 
symposium on Energy Flow on Edocystems, 
AIBS, Pennsylvania State University. The doc- 
tor has published a total of forty papers 
dealing with topics ranging from campus 
planning to radiation ecology. 

We are more than proud to welcome this 
outstanding educator to Harper College. A 
man with such qualifications, we feel, will 
provide our dedication with unique thoughts 
about our future as a community service 

U. of I. 
Jazz Band 

The founding fathers of American Jazz 
often lacked musical training. Yet these bands 
did possess a true freedom of expression and 
an emotional style all their own. They may 
not have had much culture but they sure 
had that undisputed quality, "Jazz Spirit". 

Today jazz has become a part of the musi- 
cal scene. The growth of jazz at universities 
across the nation has given birth to trained 

The University of Illinois Jazz Band is one 
group that has won acclaim across the na- 
tion and abroad. John Garvey, Professor of 
Music, organized the group in 1960. Today 
hecontinues to lead the band in unanimously 
acclaimed jazz presentations. 

The twenty-five members and the leader 
of the University of Illinois Jazz Band, unlike 
their founding fathers, are educated and cul- 
tured. Yet they still possess that tremendous 
"Jazz Spirit" that until now has never been 

The Look of Progress 

A Stepping-stone 

to the future 

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Projected Campus Development 
an artist's conception 

Present Campus 


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